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Next hearing of Morsi's trial on killing protestors March 1

Posted on Feb 05 2014 | IANS

Cairo, Feb 5 : A court Wednesday adjourned till March 1 the trial of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members over charges of inciting attacks against protestors.

Morsi and the other defendants are accused of inciting violence and ordering the killing of opponents outside the presidential palace in December 2012 who protested a controversial constitutional declaration decreed by Morsi in November 2012 expanding his power.

The clashes left at least eight people dead and many others injured.

Morsi, who is currently being kept at Borg al-Arab prison in Alexandria city, appeared in public three times since his removal.

Presiding judge Ahmed Sabry decided to postpone the trial until receiving the report of a technical committee assigned by the court to examine the video clips of the killing of the protestors, Xinhua cited official news agency MENA as saying.

The defendants claimed in a past session that only two anti-Islamist protestors were killed in the incident, while the rest belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The court will hear the testimony of leaders of the presidential guards in the next session.

Heavy security has been deployed outside the Police Academy here, where the hearing is taking place.

Islamists have staged regular protests demanding Morsi's reinstatement calling his ouster a "coup" since the Egypt army overthrew him in July last year.

But they have been met with a heavy crackdown in which hundreds were killed and thousands arrested.

The government had declared the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, as a terrorist organisation last December.

The former president also faces other lawsuits over charges of jailbreak, espionage and insulting the judiciary.

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